Before starting out the first stage in the HCG diet plan, you must have already made up your mind that this is what you want to do. And I’m guessing by now you must have already gotten your injections or drops (for those that hate needles) ready by now, and are prepared to start creating the outline for your phase one meals.
A lot of people might have issues figuring out the kind of foods they can eat at this point. It’s not rocket science; you just have to understand the basics behind this first phase.
The loading phase, which is another name for it, lasts for two or three days, depending on your routine. It’ll be a big mistake on your part if you assume this stage isn’t as important as the others, simply because it’s too short. Most dieters that have successfully completed the regime and are ready to start it all over again to lose even more weight, often look forward to the loading phase more than the rest. It’s probably because it allows them to truly enjoy whatever high-calorie and the fatty food they’ve been craving.
The Binge Phase
The first phase is often referred to as the binge phase because it allows you to eat as much as you want; loading up on thousands of calories. Since HCG takes around 2-3 days to properly enter your system, consuming a diet that’s high in calories and fat gives the HCG enough time to circulate throughout the body.
The major importance of the loading phase is to help prevent fatigue, extreme hunger, and loss of energy when you start the second phase. The key is to indulge in all your favorites within this stage before you embark on the journey that changes not only your style of eating but also your metabolism.
One thing to note during this stage is that it’s all about fats. So, it’s encouraged that you load up on fatty foods. Don’t worry about adding a couple of pounds or so. You are supposed to gain weight for the next stage to be successful.
Importance of the Loading Phase
The aim of this stage is to feed the body with everything it would need to handle the weight loss phase; this way your body can avoid the starvation mode that lots of other diets force it into. It also helps to increase the liver enzymes which you improve the chances of your diet being successful.
It is also during this first phase that you’re meant to take the HCG injection or drop. Starting the administration the same time you start gorging yourself on foods with high calories will allow your body to function properly so you can start losing weight when the second phase begins.
Here are a few reasons to load up on fats and high-calorie foods during this stage;
- It prevents the body from activating its starvation mode
- It averts cravings during the second phase
- Preps your brain and liver for the minimal amount of calories it would be receiving
- Stocks up your fat reserves
Suggested Food Choices for Phase One
The creator of the HCG diet plan, Dr. Simeons outlined some basic food choices for his patients to enjoy during the loading phase. They include; bacon, eggs, mayonnaise, sugar, whipped cream, bread with thick butter and jam, pastries, chocolate milk, fatty pork, and fried meat.
Since you’re meant to have fun for the next two days, you should have a little fun with the first meal of the day. The options for breakfast are limitless. You could decide to toast some bagels; spreading a generous amount of cream cheese (flavored ones have higher calories so consider using them) on top of it. Then add some scrambled eggs to the mix, with sausages, and finally wash the meal down with a glass of whole milk or yogurt. An iced cinnamon coffee could also work with this choice of breakfast.
The afternoon is usually the best time to enjoy a hearty meal that’s high in calories and fat. One of the best recipes for the HCG phase 1 diet is the French Onion soup.
Recipe: Heat up a can of 10oz beef consommé. Then add one can of water to the broth. Chop 12 ounces of sweet onions and add to the mix, with a tablespoon of thyme and butter. Grill 2.2 ounces of beef sirloin steak, slice into thin pieces and add into the soup. Boil the broth for a while, and then add a pinch of salt.
You can also add a few pieces of bread to the meal to make it more filling.
Just as with the other meals, the last meal of the day should be something you’ll truly enjoy. So, why not grill up some big steaks, barbecue kabobs, or cook a lovely pork roast. And if you decide to go with any of the options above, it’ll make sense to whip up a nice barbeque sauce to go with the food.
Some other Phase 1 Dishes
HCG Moo Shu Chicken
Ingredients: 4oz chicken breast meat cut into tiny strips, half cup of Swanson’s chicken broth, two cups of shredded cabbage, and Bragg’s Amino Acid Seasoning.
Directions: Heat the broth in a large covered pan. Add the cabbages, spritz well with the seasoning, and then allow to boil. Ensure that the cabbage is wilted, and the sauté and chicken are done before bringing it down.
HCG Lemon Shrimp and Spinach
100g shrimp (deveined and peeled), 200g spinach, water, black pepper, salt, lemon juice (1/2), about 4-5 cloves of minced garlic.
Directions: Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 3T water, shrimps, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink. Add water if needed, then the lemon juice, spinach, pepper, and salt. Cook for a while, leaving the skillet uncovered, until the spinach wilts.
Ultimately, the success of your HCG diet plan rests solely on how closely you follow phase one and two plans since they’ll determine how much weight you’ll lose in the end.